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ByRuth HayhurstonThe Northern Ireland Assembly is debating a motion by Sinn Fein politicians, Oliver McMullan and Gerry Kelly, on InfraStrata’s drilling plans at Woodburn Forest in County Antrim. The drilling has been allowed under permitted development rights, without the need for planning permission, consultation or an environmental impact assessment. Check for live updates throughout the evening.
The motion is:
That this Assembly notes with concern the application by InfraStrata to drill at Woodburn Forest, County Antrim; recognises the concerns of residents in County Antrim over drilling proposals at the forest; and calls on the Executive to ensure that such applications are not approved until assurances are secured against any negative potential impacts on water supply, the environment, tourism and local communities.
LOCAL construction firm Acheson & Glover has denied claims that one of its quarries in Belcoo has been purchased by Tamboran, the company that previously held a licence to frack in Fermanagh.
The issue has been highlighted by the local cross-community, campaign group, Belcoo Frack Free. They claimed on social media this week that Tamboran “have bought or are in the process of buying the top quarry from Acheson and Glover”.
In February, it emerged that Tamboran had lodged another legal bid to return. Tamboran Resources (UK) submitted an application to the High Court to challenge the adoption of the Strategic Planning Policy Statement, which was published last September and included a presumption against fracking in the North. It is the third application for judicial review proceedings from Tamoran since its licence was terminated in 2014, with two others still ongoing. Continue reading →
URGENT DRILL ALERT
Please support events to Stop the Drill this week.
Please come to the Woodburn Forest on Monday morning 15th February. We believe oil company InfraStrata plans to commence work beside major water reservoir (North Woodburn Reservoir) with no Waste Management Plan in place.
Public Meeting, The Windrose, Rodgers Quay, Carrickfergus, Co.Antrim BT38 8BE at 7pm on Wednesday 17th Feb 2016.
“Site directions below for this Monday (15th Feb) at Woodburn Forest. Despite intense lobbying and questioning we end the week with no answers from the Council so we have to assume Infrastrata may plan to go on site on Monday without Waste Management approval. We are calling for a peaceful, positive show of opposition. Bring a picnic! We’ll also have a public meeting at the Windrose in Carrickfergus on Wednesday. So much support for the campaign this week. Thank you. Have a great weekend! #StopTheDrill
Directions to Woodburn Forest drill site.
Coming from northwest Antrim ; Leave Belfast bound M2 @ Templepatrick / Airport slip. Turn left for Doagh, Ballyclare, Larne. Follow signs to Carrickfergus taking 2nd exit @ Ballynure r’about. This is the Ballynure bypass, follow this road for approx 3 -4 miles turning right onto The New Line.( signed for Carrickfergus) follow for approx 1mile taking 2nd right onto Paisley Road.There is no road sign but you will pass Woodburn reservoir on the right just before left turn to Paisley Road.The site enterance is approx 700 yds on left. Sat Nav post code. BT38 9AH. Continue reading →
nfraStrata has confirmed a company structure shake-up as it divests the majority its exploration-based assets in a bid to refocus on its gas storage project in Northern Ireland.
The independent petroleum exploration and gas storage company has sold its exploration portfolio to Corallian Energy for £540,000 cash and retained interests in each of the assets without obligations for future investment.
Rain envelops the helicopter as it banks over the Sperrin Mountains and few landmarks can be identified in the green Northern Ireland countryside below. But Patrick Anderson is in no doubt about what he sees through the mist: potential for one of the best gold mines in the world.